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The Mirror of Magic : A History of Magic in the Western World

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A collector's edition of the classic, illustrated, and comprehensive history of magic and the occult

In the occult classic The Mirror of Magic, renowned Surrealist Kurt Seligmann (1900-1962) draws from his encyclopedic practitioner's knowledge and extensive antiquarian collection to offer a comprehensive, illustrated history of magic and the occult from Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt through the 18th century. He explores the gods and divinatory arts of the legendary Sumerians and the star-wise Babylonians, including the birth of astrology. He examines the afterlife beliefs of the ancient Egyptians and the dream interpretation practices and oracles of ancient Greece, including the mysteries of Eleusis and the magical philosophy of Plato, Socrates, and other Greeks. He uncovers the origins of Gnosticism and the suppression and banishment of magic by the post-pagan, Christian emperors of Rome.

Seligmann reviews the principles of alchemy, sharing famous transmutations and allegorical illustrations of the alchemical process and explores the Hermetica and its remarkable adepts. Investigating the Middle Ages, the author discusses the work of European magicians of the time, including Albertus Magnus, Roger Bacon, Agrippa, Nostradamus, and Pico Della Mirandola.
First published in 1948, this history of magic and the occult seeks to "mirror" the magical worldview throughout the ages. Beautifully illustrated with images from the author's rare library, this collector's edition features all of the artwork--more than 250 images--from the original 1948 edition.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 512 pages
  • 178 x 254 x 41mm | 1,213g
  • Rochester, United States
  • English
  • 6th Edition, Deluxe Collector's Edition
  • 255 b&w illustrations
  • 1620557908
  • 9781620557907
  • 400,366

Table of contents

Note from the Publisher

FOREWORD

The Artist behind the Mirror of Magic
BY CELIA RABINOVITCH

PREFACE

The Emancipatory Power of Magic
BY GRAZINA SUBELYTE

THE ORIGINAL TEXT
THE MIRROR OF MAGIC
A History of Magic in the Western World

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

INTRODUCTORY NOTE

MESOPOTAMIA

THE FORGETFUL GODS

DIVINATORY ARTS THE

MYSTERY OF STARS AND NUMBERS

THE TOWER OF BABEL

PERSIA

ZOROASTER

MAGIC ABOUT HAIR AND NAILS

CASTING OUT THE FLY DEMON

THE HEBREWS

JEHOVAH'S WARRIORS

MAGIC IN HOLY WRIT

EGYPT

THE SPHINX

MORTUARY MAGIC

JOURNEY TO THE UNDERWORLD

THE WORD

ISIS

GREECE

MAGIC IN PHILOSOPHICAL GARB

DREAMS, GHOSTS AND HEROES

OMENS, ORACLES AND ASTROLOGY

THE MYSTERIES OF ELEUSIS

GNOSTICISM

THE WAY TO BLESSEDNESS

THE GNOSTIC SECTS

THE ROMAN EMPIRE

MAGIC UNDER THE ROMAN EMPERORS

NEO-PLATONISM

JULIAN THE APOSTATE

THE RUIN OF PAGAN MAGIC

ALCHEMY

ORIGINS OF ALCHEMY

HERMES TRISMEGISTUS

HERMETICA

THE PRINCIPLES OF ALCHEMY AND THE PHILOSOPHERS' STONE

VAS INSIGNE ELECTIONIS

HERMETIC ENIGMAS

THE ALKAHEST

EARLY ATTACKS ON ALCHEMY

FAMOUS TRANSMUTATIONS

THE INHERITANCE OF THE ACCURSED

THE MIDDLE AGES

MAGICAL MISCELLANY IN PRE-ARABIC TIMES

THE ARABS

MAGICIANS OF THE MIDDLE AGES

ALBERTUS MAGNUS

ROGER BACON

THE DEVIL

THE PRINCIPLE OF EVIL

INFERNAL HELPERS

UNHOLY IMAGES

WITCHCRAFT

POSSESSIONS

THE SABBATH

THE DEVIL'S SHARE

THE WITCH

THE PURSUIT OF AN IDEAL

THE WITCH CONTROVERSY IN ENGLISH LITERATURE

DIABOLIC RITES

BLACK MAGIC

PORTAITS

THE MAGUS

PICO DELLA MIRANDOLA

TRITHEMIUS

AGRIPPA VON NETTESHEIM

PARACELSUS

NOSTRADAMUS

GUILLAUME POSTEL

GIAMBATTISTA DELLA PORTA

CABALA

CHRISTIAN CABALISTS AND THE JEWS

SECRETS OF THE BIBLE

MAGIC OF LETTERS

THE BOOK OF YETZIRAH

MAGICAL ARTS

THE WONDER CAVE

ASTROLOGY

DIVINATION BY MOLES

METOPOSCOPY

PHYSIOGNOMY

CHIROMANCY

THE TAROT

TAROT PIPS AND TRUMPS

THE JUGGLER

REFORMERS

THE ROSICRUCIANS

VALENTINE ANDREAE

SECRET SOCIETIES

THE CLASSICAL IDEAL

THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY

REVOLT AGAINST REASON

VAMPIRES

MAGIC UNVEILED

MASONIC LODGES

THE COUNT OF SAINT-GERMAIN

EPILOGUE

CONCLUSION

NOTES

BIBLIOGRAPHIC RESUME

INDEX
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"There's so much more exciting stuff in this book that I couldn't possibly cover it all in this review. The Mirror of Magic is a book that I will go back and reread. It is also a book that has led me to research more of the history of magic, paganism, witchcraft, and even Judeo Christian beliefs." * Dawn Borries, PaganPages.org * "The Mirror of Magic is the book our scholar-practitioners of magic need to read. It's like "The Encyclopedia of the Roots of Practically Everything," preceded in this collector's edition by a note from the publisher that Inner Traditions decided to preserve the book's layout, typography "and most important, all 250 of Seligman's illustrations from his rare and private collection" (p. iv). Read this marvelous book for yourself. Learn about historical magic and magicians. Study, for example, the forty-two illustrations in the section on alchemy and you'll learn to recognize all the common alchemical symbols. And there's a tiny bonus, too--the book comes with a red ribbon bookmark." * Barbara Ardinger, Ph.D., freelance editor and author of Pagan Every Day * "Beautifully illustrated with images from the author's rare library, this collector's edition features all of the artwork--more than 250 images--from the original 1948 edition." * Clinton Chronicle, Inc. 2018 * "As well as being a feast for the eyes, the book is a delight to read." * Arts and Antiques 2019 * "Kurt Seligmann's The Mirror of Magic is a wide-ranging and accomplished survey of significant magical beliefs and practitioners in both East and West, spanning from antiquity to the dawn of our modern, scientific era in the eighteenth century. At last restored to the sumptuous visual glory of its original edition, The Mirror of Magic wondrously reflects the myriad ways, seen and unseen, by which man seeks to engage and even control elements of the surrounding universe." * Michael Moynihan, coauthor of Lords of Chaos * "The Mirror of Magic is an exceptionally important work. Its influence on art cannot be underestimated, from surrealism moving forward. Capturing the visuality of the traditions as well as underlining their continuing relevance, this book belongs in every library of art. Seeing it back in print is hopefully a harbinger of things to come." * Jesse Bransford, associate professor of art at NYU Steinhardt *
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About Kurt Seligmann

Kurt Seligmann (1900-1962) was a Swiss-American Surrealist painter and expert on magic, known for his extensive collection of rare books and his monumental role in the popularization of Surrealism in the United States. After the outbreak of World War II in 1939, he was the first European Surrealist to arrive in New York. After the war his work was exhibited widely and acquired by museums throughout the United States and Europe. He taught for many years at various colleges in New York City.
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